In addition to by bicycle, the most beautiful natural areas are excellent to explore on foot. A short stroll, or a good long walk with an historic theme: we've set out a number of routes to help you on your way! Don't forget to bring your North Holland Dune Reserve pass. You receive your passes upon arrival.
Junction 23. This is the bicycle junction where everything begins. We have several routes waiting for you. Didn't bring your bike? No problem! We've many bikes for rent ready and waiting for you. You can rent bicycles for children and adults, with a child seat or a trail bike. Bikes are rented via Reception.
From Castricum station to Egmond aan Zee
One of the very best NS-walks for all who love nature. Woodland, open fields and dunes offer lots of variation. On the way you may meet many animals, from Highland cows to Konik horses. The stunning route meanders through high grassy dunes and deep valleys. Just when you think you've seen it all, the beach and the sea offer a spectacular finale to this route.
The route finishes at Egmond aan Zee. Take the coach from Egmond aan Zee to Alkmaar train station. You'll find timetables on the Journey planner
The Ferry Route is a very attractive cycling route around the lakes Alkmaardermeer and Uitgeestermeer, and includes five ferry crossings. Two of the ferries you'll need to operate yourself by means of a winch. You'll cycle along the whipped up waters of this large lake, and over the ring dikes of deep polders, with their rigid pattern of ditches, roads and canals.
The Pontjesroute starts and finishes at the NS train station of Castricum - but you can start at any other place too. From Castricum station you follow junction signs (knooppunt) 22-21-20-24-84-87-ferry-88-89-ferry-59-ferry-60-61-62-58-57-56-ferry-55-54-19-18-17-21-22 and then the sign to the train station.
Fancy a good walk with a generous dose of history? From the lovely tourist town of Castricum you can take this beautiful walk to the estate of Marquette. Back in Castricum the region's archaeological past is explained in Huis van Hilde. The route covers a distance of approximately 16.5 kilometres. You can also start this route from campsite Geversduin.
Just before the route finishes, on the edge of Castricum, you'll find Huis van Hilde, a museum about the archaeology and cultural history of North Holland.
Fancy a shorter stroll? Then the little 8 of Castricum is ideal!
Five kilometres take you past 8 culturally important spots in Castricum. You'll visit monuments, shops and restaurants. A route created to truly discover Castricum, and all that within one hour!
If you decide this route is for you, then please also go to Castricum.info to see what's on in the wider area. Great things to go and see, fun events, going out, eating out tips and much more.
Enjoy the beautiful dunes and the villages around them. The dunes you pass are unique in The Netherlands, as well as in all of Europe. It is a 5,5 hectares expanse of untouched dune landscapes, stretching from Wijk aan Zee to Schoorl. The views will be immensely varied, unmatched anywhere in The Netherlands.
On the way you'll see the North Sea, but also friendly villages, woodlands, small country roads and rural areas. In addition to the unique landscape you'll pass buildings brimming with history, such as castles, fortresses and country estates.
There is no better way to discover the North Holland dune reserve than on horseback. In collaboration with riding school Heemskerk, Bosritten are organized during the camping season. You will be accompanied by an experienced rider from the Manege.
In the summer season from April to September it is only possible to take a beach ride in the evenings, because the beach is reserved for bathers during the day. Currently the excursion dates of the forest rides at the campsite are not yet known. However, you can reserve all your dune rides and beach rides at the Heemskerk stables! Please contact the riding school for this